PITTSTON, Pa. – Johnstown Tomahawks forward Donovan Ott scored a hat trick but it was not enough to defeat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights as the team fell in a 6-4 contest Friday afternoon at the Revolution Ice Centre.
The Knights started the goal scoring early in the first period when Jack Olmstead pounced on a loose puck and beat Tomahawks netminder Britt League for a 1-0 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lead.
Knights forward Tyrone Bronte increased the lead to 2-0 27 seconds after Olmstead’s goal for his sixth goal of the season.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton added another goal, this time on the man advantage, off the stick of Thomas Farrell to move the Knights lead to 3-0.
Johnstown would solve Knights netminder Christian Stoever at 18:47 of the first period when Ott fired home a shot from the point on the power play to cut the Knight’s lead to 3-1.
In the second period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton once again scored early as Shay Donovan tallied his second of the season 37 seconds into the frame.
However, the Tomahawks battled back.
Tomahawks forward Carson Brière deflected a shot from captain Cade Groton for his second of the season. Toby Sengvongxay picked up the secondary assist.
Johnstown cut the lead to 4-3 when Ott scored his second of the night off a Brière assist.
The Knights regained a two-goal advantage two minutes into the third period with a power-play goal from Matt Kidney, his seventh of the season.
Kidney added another power-play goal less than a minute later for a 6-3 Knights lead.
Ott would compete the hat trick late in the third period shorthanded with his third of the season. Sam Solensky and Karim Del Ponte assisted on the goal.
The Tomahawks are off the following weekend for the Thanksgiving holiday. Johnstown will be back on home ice December 1-3, 2017 when they host the New Jersey Titans for a three-game weekend.
On December 1, 2017, it’s Hawks and Heels Night presented by DANCHANKO, INC. Get a taste of Tomahawks hockey while browsing the concourse to win prizes from local boutiques, jewelers, salons, and more.
On December 2, 2017, it’s the annual Teddy Bear Toss, along with Faith and Family Night. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently-used plush toy to throw on the ice upon the Hawks scoring their first goal. Donations benefit All-4-Smiles, Buddy’s Christmas Wish and Toys-for-Tots. Santa Claus will visit the fans for his pre-Christmas celebration at the rink as well. The first 1,000 fans get a collectible Tomahawks Card Set. There will be live music and the 10K To$$ – chance to win $10,000 cash playing blue Chuck-a-Pucks.
Then on Sunday, December 3, 2017, it’s Pack the House for Charity presented by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. First 1,000 fans will be able to play Hawkey Bingo. Watch, play, win! Following the game is a post-game skate and Autograph session with the Tomahawks’ players.
Tickets for the three-game weekend are still available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com – calling Ticketmaster directly at 1-800-745-3000, or visiting 1ST SUMMIT ARENA @ Cambria County War Memorial box office.